Many homeowners crave a splash of color in their homes rather than plain neutrals, and the most common ways to bring color to a home are through large-scale built-ins, smaller-scale built-ins, or accessories, writes Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS. For large built-ins like cabinetry, appliances, plumbing fixtures, countertops, and tile, all of which will be around for years, one should follow Sensible Style principles when opting for color. The color should be one that has always been a favorite and not one that is a hot trend, and should also fit with the neighborhood. For a home in a young hip area, a bright red could work well for the next buyer, but probably not in a conservative suburb. The color should fit with the home’s architecture as well, especially in a historic home, and it is best to work with what is already there rather than to work against it. Color should be used sparingly—one color should be chosen and then surrounded by neutrals. For smaller built-ins like bar tops, backsplash tiles, single vanity tops, sink faucets, or island cabinets, adding color can be done more cheaply and less permanently. Painting a wall is the cheapest and easiest option, and homeowners should consider adding a touch of the wall paint to the ceiling paint for a matching neutral. The more daring could choose to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or even a contrasting color. And lastly, accessories are the simplest way to add a splash of color to a kitchen or bathroom, which is often accomplished through things like small kitchen appliances, shower curtains, towels, accent rugs, and chair cushions. While these items generally go with the homeowners when they leave, the principles of Sensible Style should still be used when selecting them so that they correspond with their lifestyle, neighborhood, and architecture. | Read More